I am a doctoral candidate in the Department of American Studies at Brown University. I completed my Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in the Department of American Studies at the University of New Mexico where my work focused on the history and culture of the México-U.S. borderlands. At Brown University, I've acted as programmer and co-coordinator for two colloquia funded by the Brown University Office of International Affairs and the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in American: “Transnational Americas” (2009-2010), and “The Contingencies of Violence in Contact Zones” (2010-2011) speaker series. My current research focuses on racial terror in the United States, and I work closely with faculty at the Departments of American Studies, Africana Studies, and History. I have worked as a teaching assistant in American Studies and Ethnic Studies courses and in Spring 2012, I am teaching AMCV0190 "The Fringe is the Fabric: Anti-Immigrant Movements in the United States," which traces nativist movements and violence in the United States.
Originally from Los Angeles, California, I am now living in Rhode Island and working towards my M.A. / Ph.D. in the American Studies department at Brown University. My UCSC master’s thesis examined the global adaptations of the 19th-century legend of bandit Joaquin Murrieta. With this project, I explored the translation and adaptation of a particular post- Mexican-American War displacement narrative and considered its reflections on the American West as both a material place and national imaginary. I like to cook and read in my spare time, and my favorite books are Pride and Prejudice, High Fidelity, Little Women, and The Historian.